Japan Beyond the Super Cities

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Japan isn’t often a priority for a lot of travellers. But maybe if you get past all the negative misconceptions about the place – the overcrowding, the pollution, the absurdity! – you’ll discover that there’s really more to Japan than you might think.

Filmmaker Apiwat Supateeerapong takes you beyond all that in this epic film simply titled “Japan Family Project.” In fact, other than a few typical city shots, this flick seems to focus on life outside the urban world – or at least the quieter moments within them. Bamboo forests, softly falling snow, and yawning pups are just a few things to keep an eye out for.

Whether you’re coming here for the food, the culture, or the great outdoors, Japan tends to be one of those welcoming places that may cause some initial culture shock before you resign your fate to becoming wholly enchanted. We recommend hiring a local guide to help you fit in faster. If you’re starting out in Kyoto, check out some sightseeing opportunities on a heritage-history tour. Discover the modern and traditional aspects of Tofukuji Temple, and find peace in the Zen gardens. In Tokyo, get dazzled by the vibrant and bizarre nightlife the city’s become so known for.

But like we said, a different heart beats outside the cities. Did you know Japan has big ski hills? One of the most popular is in Hokkaido, where backcountry skiing is a blast. During the summer months, hiking trekking in Japan is always a hit. Try the Jomon Sugi forest hike, the Tachudake mountain hike, or the Aikodake mountain hike.

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